It’s pretty much everyone’s dream to work from home. You can stay in your pj's, grab some ice cream and get your work done, all without leaving your bed! Here are ten who are living the dream, and have a successful career, all from their own home. Who knows, they may inspire you to start working from home too.
Jen Geale - Mountain Bikes Direct
“I am co-founder of an online retailer, selling mountain bike parts, clothing and accessories to riders across Australia, at globally competitive prices. We have put a lot of emphasis on building systems and processes that ensure our business can keep ticking over without the need to have any staff working from an office environment - in fact our customer service, management and tech teams all work from home! We have team members on the Gold Coast, in Canberra, in Colorado USA and in Canada! We are able to attract top-quality talent, without being geographically restricted. It also enables our team - owners and staff alike - to do great work at times that suits not just our business, but their own lives, which we feel delivers the best results all round.” Find out more about Mountain Bikes Direct by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Heather Smith - Heather Smith Small Business
“I am a virtual chartered accountant - I connect with business all around the world and help educate them about accounting. I help them understand their numbers and streamline their business through the adoption of solutions that will automate tasks and integrate data. I have worked with thousands of businesses - at last count - in over 130 countries.” Find out more about Heather Smith by following her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Louise Procter - TheOnlineCo
“I have a brilliant job! Being able to work from home is like winning the staying-at-home-mum-lottery. I’m a Mum and I’m a part time Marketing Assistant for TheOnlineCo. Working from home gives me the flexibility to be able to be mum when duty calls and also gives me the added security of a steady income. I love knowing that no matter what my week throws at me - whether it's a sick child, Athletics carnival or a school presentation, or a trip to the emergency (or all of the above) I know that I can work around it.
I consider myself very lucky to be able to work from home, it really is the best of both worlds.” Find out more about TheOnlineCo by following them on Facebook.
Petra Zink - Impaccct
“I exited corporate world in April and run my own business which I operate 100% from home as my office. I do recruitment and social media for companies and executives. I also host monthly MeetUps and my last event was all about 'Digital Nomads: How you can make remote and flexible Work work' to inspire companies and employees about this rising trend of work engagement. Working from home is the new black! Why? Because you:
- Don't getting stuck in traffic, endless meetings, aircon offices and then traffic again
- Don’t lose time with getting makeup and hair done
- Save money from not using crowded public transport, buying overpriced coffees and the sugar kick from the vending machine at 3pm
- Manage your own energy and productive and can schedule work at times you get most done, your creativity is at a high and you are not feeling guilty of missing out on important family affairs.” Find out more about Impaccct by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Bronwen Sciortino - SheIQLife
“I am the author of 'Keep It Super Simple - Tips from a Recovering Perfectionist' and in early 2017 I was featured in 'The Book of Amazing People' and 'Reboot Your Life - Phoenix Edition' which were produced by publishers in the UK. I work with people globally through corporate programs, conference platforms, retreats, professional mentoring and in the online environment. I share my secrets to success and inspire individuals to simplify their lives and embrace the concept of an economy of enough. I also guest blog regularly for membership platforms around the globe including HuffPost, have a monthly column for the My Wellbeing magazine, and am frequently asked to be interviewed for guest appearances on global podcasts and blogs.” Find out more about SheIQLife by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Lisa Thomas - Serve You Right
“Just over 2 years ago I was made redundant from a NSW Government middle management position. After more than 30 years in various positions mainly in local and state government I decided to get off the treadmill and start my own business - consulting businesses on customer service. I am located in a little place called Wagga Wagga - just near Walla Walla and Gumly Gumly but a long way from Woy Woy! Being a lean start-up, it's a business that I can do from home or remotely using my laptop. I thought I might have trouble staying focused with all the distractions of being at home - TV, housework, cooking etc.but that hasn't been the case. We had one of the bedrooms set up as a study and bought some more furniture to set up a home office. The only problem is that I hate to be holed up in a small room alone so my work soon migrated to the dining room table in the middle of the family room. It's only my husband and I at home so the dining table has become the hub of home and business and the laptop just gets pushed aside for meal time. My work involves visiting retail and hospitality businesses to assess their customer service levels, but much of the work is done on that dining room table; writing reports and blogs, assessing websites and social media and helping businesses to better engage their customers. All of this is done in my pyjamas (they are the most comfortable clothes on Earth) with the TV on for company and I have even amazed myself at how much I can achieve in a day. In winter, I am not forced to go out in the cold every morning to get to work, in summer I can take a break and jump in the pool and I rarely have to battle any traffic. My work hours are flexible - I can work any time of the day or night, weekends if I need to and can walk away and do something else If I want to - life‘s great!” Find out more about Serve You Right by following them on Facebook.
Daniel Brady - Heavenly Hammocks
“It started out as a home-based business, with stock at home and working from home. Over time it has evolved to using outsourced 3PL warehousing, so now I can even work overseas or at any time of day. It took years to reach this point, as the economics have to stack up - sales velocity per SKU has to be high enough to cover the warehouse rent and fees, so the business should be quite established before migrating to 3PL warehousing. There is a large import due to arrive this week, so I'm organising everything remotely with the supplier, freight forwarder and 3PL warehouse. It's not the high season yet, so I'm not too busy processing sales today, but by November it will be extremely busy.” Find out more about Heavenly Hammocks by following
them on Facebook.
Kylie Travers - Kylie Travers
“I started with blogging, now I am an author, freelance writer, marketing and social media consultant for national and international governments and corporations. I own multiple websites including The Thrifty Issue (a website showing how to make and save money, particularly aimed at Australian women aged 25 to 45) and Kylie Travers, also buy things to resell with my favourite and most profitable thing to flip being other websites. I have an eBook on how I make over $10k a month from it here (which has an affiliate program too). All of this I can do from home, although at times I do travel for work, speaking internationally and run workshops in office.” Find out more about Kylie Travers by following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Sarah McKenzie - Manning & Co
“I'm Content Manager for Manning & Co, a strategic marketing consultancy in Balmain, Sydney, with a regional office in Singapore. My employer gives me the flexibility to work from home where needed. I work from home sporadically, especially if I'm writing a high-level project like an industry report for one of our clients, which can require two or three week's worth of research, writing and editing. So when I'm at home, there are less distractions and I can focus purely on collating insights for the report. A few weeks back, I was also able to work from home while house-sitting at a country residence in the Southern Highlands. As long as there's adequate WiFi, my job as a writer and editor is transportable! The workforce of the future will look vastly different from the traditional 9 - 5 office model we have today. It will be common place to work partly from home, partly in collaborative working spaces and partly in transit or while travelling overseas. My employer, Gemma Manning, is very forward-thinking in this way. She has recently given me the opportunity to travel to Singapore and work partly from our Singapore office, partly on the go while exploring the city. I consider myself lucky that Gemma is a big advocate of flexible working hours and spaces, because it gives me the freedom to adapt my physical work space in ways that enhance my productivity and ability to deliver on client projects.” Find out more about Manning & Co by following them on Facebook and Twitter.
Jessie Weatherley - Jork Consulting
“I am a stay at home mum that started my own business in order to stay at home with my kids. I started out working as a Freelancer on the platform Freelancer. Over several years of doing this, I have built up a marketing agency for small businesses. I now employee other mums to help in my business. This gives me the flexibility to stay to home and I work my job around the kids. It is the best of both worlds.” Find out more about Jork Consulting by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Working from home is both a blessing and hard work. You can stay in bed all day, doing your work whilst wrapped up in your doona, enjoying your surroundings, but it doesn’t mean you don’t do any work. People who work from home work just as hard as those in an office, they just get to do it sitting on a bar stool at home, and not an office chair (sometimes with a glass of wine at their desk).